>>Cardinals Host Reds Tonight
(St. Louis, MO) — After an off-day, the Cardinals get back to work tonight. They close out the first half of the season with a three-game series against the Reds at Busch Stadium. Carlos Martinez starts the opener for St. Louis, while Cincinnati sends Matt Harvey to the mound.
>>Cubs At Padres Tonight
(San Diego, CA) — The Cubs are in San Diego tonight to begin a three-game series with the Padres. It’s the final series before the All-Star break. Tyler Chatwood gets the ball for Chicago, while San Diego starts Clayton Richard. The Cubs lost two-of-three at San Francisco.
>>White Sox Host Royals
(Chicago, IL) — The White Sox begin a three-game home series against the Royals tonight to close out the first half. Chicago is 31-and-61. James Shields toes the rubber for the Sox. Kansas City counters with Brad Keller.
>>Angels’ Pujols Ties Griffey For SIxth On Homer List
(Anaheim, CA) — Angels slugger Albert Pujols [[ POO-holes ]] is climbing up Major League Baseball’s all-time home run list. Pujols left the yard twice in last night’s 11-2 win over the Mariners in Anaheim. He’s now tied for sixth place with Ken Griffey Jr. with 630 career blasts. It was Pujols’ 50th multi-homer performance all-time.
>>Bulls Make Nwaba UFA
(Chicago, IL) — David Nwaba no longer has any limitations on where he can sign. The Bulls have rescinded Nwaba’s qualifying offer, making him a unrestricted free agent rather than a restricted free agent. Chicago also waived guard Sean Kilpatrick.
>>Blackhawks Deal Hossa To Coyotes
(Chicago, IL) — The Blackhawks are shaking up their roster. Chicago sent Marian Hossa, Vinnie Hinostroza, Jordan Oesterle and a third-round pick to the Coyotes for Marcus Kruger, MacKenzie Entwistle, Jordan Maletta, Andrew Campbell and a fifth-round selection. The 39-year-old Hossa missed all of last season and his career is likely over due to a skin disorder. His contract runs through the 2020-21 season.
>>World Cup Wraps Up This Weekend
(Moscow) — The 2018 World Cup comes to a conclusion this weekend. France and Croatia will meet in the World Cup Final on Sunday in Moscow. Tomorrow, England and Belgium square off in the third-place match.
>>Pro Football Hall Won’t Honor Owens Individually
(Canton, OH) — The Pro Football Hall of Fame does not plan to honor wide receiver Terrell Owens individually at next month’s induction ceremony. Executive director Joe Horrigan tells the Talk of Fame Sports Network there is no reason to bring him up and the focus will be on the guys who are there in Canton. Owens stated last month he would not attend the ceremony.